EDMORE Chirambadare stole the show with a brace as Chicken Inn beat defending Dynamos 3-0 at Rufaro on Sunday to maintain their pole position on the league table.
It was Dynamos’ first defeat of the season but the manner in which they were beaten left David Mandigora and his men bewildered.
The victory lifted the Gamecocks to 18 points from seven matches while Dynamos slipped to third place on 14 points after Triangle overcame a battling Harare City 3-1 to leap to second spot with 16 points.
Despite dominating the first half, Dynamos conceded their first goal on 45 minutes through a headed goal by Mitchell Katsvairo from a corner kick by Clement Matawu.
Edmore Chirambadare added the second on 54 minutes with a rising shot from outside the penalty area before sewing up the victory with his second goal from the spot in referee’s optional time.
The champions appeared on course for a huge victory as they bombarded their opponents’ goal with an assortment of shots in the first half, in which Chicken Inn chose to sit back waiting for an opportunity to strike.
For all their dominance, there was however no end product in terms of goals with Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze denying them with several classy stops.
Oscar Machapa came close on 26 minutes after beating Thabani Goredema only to watch his effort being saved by Chipezeze. Chitiyo was also denied a headed opportunity by Chipezeze from a cross by Quadr Amini 30 minutes later.
As Dynamos continued with their relentless attack, Amin broke clear of the Dynamos defence but his effort drew a fine save from the keeper.
However, Dynamos found themselves trailing behind on 45 minutes when Katsvairo headed home off a corner kick by Clemence Matawu.
That goal appeared to unsettle Dynamos and in the second half, the visitors came back stronger and threatened with some good raids and Chirambadare beat goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi with a rising shot on 54 minutes after he was allowed acres of space near the penalty area and caught the keeper off guard.
Chitiyo then had an opportunity on 71 minutes but misjudged a wonderful cross from the left by Dominic Chungwa. There was a brief stoppage of the match on 81 minutes after referee Norman Matemera was injured and when play resumed Chicken Inn had grown in confidence.Advertisement
And as frustration appeared to take its toll on the champions who failed to come to terms with the heavy defeat, Godknows Murwira illegally brought down Chirambadare in the penalty area in injury time and the referee pointed to the spot.
Chirambadare accepted responsibility and made no mistake from the resultant spot kick to complete his brace.
Dynamos coach David Mandigora conceded defeat. “I think we tried our best. We dominated in the first half and created chances but we could not score. Their keeper was brilliant. We never expected that result but that’s football. We have to look ahead. We have to give credit to Chicken Inn,” said Mandigora.
His counterpart Joey Antipas was happy with the victory. “I think it’s a great win for us. We had problems in the first half but we weathered the storm and got our first goal at the right time.
In the second half we reorganized ourselves and came back stronger. Our strategy going into this match was to nullify the threat of Rooney, making sure he does penetrate into the box and we managed to do that. We also wanted to make sure we penetrate their two center backs. We knew Sidney Linyama will not be playing,” said Antipas.
Dynamos: A Mukandi, G Murwira,(K Bulaji 85th), A Mbara, E Muroiwa, O Mushure, S Alimenda, W Mukanga (M Mambare 62nd), Q Amini, O Machapa (S Nhivi 53rd), R Chitiyo, D Chungwa
Chicken Inn: M Jackson, P Bernard, L Mhlanga, D Lunga T Goredema C Matawu ( B Juru 74th), B Ncube (G Majika 80th), T Kutinyu, E Chirambadare, M Katsvairo (M Dube 90th)